I just got back from the airport. Wow. I honestly don't know what to say right now. Did that really happen? I guess it did, although it seems too good to be true. That's because it was too good to be true.
Sorry for being so mysterious about things, but I didn't want to jinx myself. But now that I'm sitting in my bedroom and staring at 12 hours of captured DV tapes, I feel like I'm finally in the clear. For those of you who don't know where I was or what I was doing, here it goes:
I flew to Tel Aviv for five days with my buddy Matthew Robison to document The Silver Jews' first two shows ever played in Israel. But that wasn't all. We also shot hours of footage of David Berman, his wife Cassie, and the rest of the gang maxing, relaxing, and experiencing a transcendent day trip to Jerusalem.
Since the mum's-the-word approach seems to have paid off with regards to the trip itself, I don't want to jinx anything by bragging about the 'amazingly brilliant' footage we shot. That said, I know for a fact that we shot some amazingly brilliant footage.
Israel itself is a truly beautiful place. I have to confess, I've always been opposed to the brutish stylings of the American and Israeli governments, but the people there were nothing but kind and friendly and polite. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome, and I'd like to thank everyone for being so generous (more on them in a later update).
I have a ton of great stills to post, but for now I'll just throw up a few to get things started...